Updated (April 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 500D vs Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS 500D

Winner
Nikon D5100

100

Canon EOS 500D

75

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 500D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$400 body only

$368 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$647 body only

$609 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Startup delay Much less startup delay
Lowest price More expensive
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$399 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

Canon EOS 500D Competitors

Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 1100D

Entry-level DSLR

$346 body only

$678 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Canon EOS 550D

Canon EOS 550D

Entry-level DSLR

$415 body only

$622 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$373 body only

$470 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

discussion

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Me (2:49 PM, September 24, 2011)
The canon does have autofocus for video - I've got it. 
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:45 PM, July 21, 2011)
See our Canon 500D prices page!
 
TOONI (9:26 AM, July 21, 2011)
the price for canon 500d please ?